Playing against loose-aggressive players can be tough, they often either accumulate massive amounts of chips (or cash in ring games) or go bust very quickly. This means that if you’re playing against one, he’s probably got enough chips to start bullying you. There are certain changes you can make in your play-style to make this type of opponent a source of profit, instead of a source of broken keyboards and laptops (yes, it really can be that frustrating sometimes). Here are 5 tips for playing online poker against loose-aggressive players.
Call for information. If you have been betting for a drawing hand (like a flush) but didn’t hit anything on the river, it is often beneficial to call the loose-aggressive player’s bet – just to gain information on what hands he is playing. This is only viable if you’re on the same table as him for a reasonable period of time – so if it’s at the beginning of a Multi Table Tournament and players are going to be re-seated at different tables soon it’s probably not worth it.
Play lower value hands. I would normally advise that you fold hands like Ace Ten, King Queen and pocket 8s if someone makes a reasonable raise pre-flop, but if it’s a loose-aggressive player you’re playing against these hands are probably better than his. If you have a solid table image you can re-raise him and he will fold – if he re-raises you, you need to assess just how loose and aggressive he is. There are a lot of chips to be made from standing up to loose-aggressive players.
Check-raising. Loose-aggressive players will often bet if the action comes to them, whether they have hit or not. If you have hit a monster hand, just check it and let the loose player get the chips in the pot. Other players in the hand may call him because they think he’s bluffing, and when it’s your turn to act you can make a big re-raise – getting the most chips you can out of the hand.
Play in early position. If you can seat yourself so you act before the loose player (you can only do this in cash games) you will get an advantage at the table. Normally ‘in position’ is to act last, so you can see what everyone else has done before you act. If you position yourself in front of the loose-aggressive player you can check your premium hands, let him make the bet – and re-raise once it’s your turn to act again.
Let other players get knocked out. Towards the end of a poker tournament, if you’re near to the final table or paid positions, let other players challenge the big stack loose player. Even if he is playing less than average hands, with his increased chip stack he will eventually knock some of these players out, allowing you to climb up the prize ladder.
These online poker tips are a great way to turn a bad situation (playing against a loose-aggressive player) into a positive one. Try these tips out yourself, using the best online poker bonuses available to boost your bankroll. You can even use no deposit poker bonuses, which allow you to visit online poker rooms for free – and still earn BIG money!